Jason Gibson, still has that grin on his face. You know, kind of like a kid turned loose in a toy store and told they could have anything they wanted?
Gibson is the Production Manager of the Greatest Show on Earth, as he tours with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Boom A Ring show. Last year, Gibson told Prescott eNews that he had the best job in the world. After another year of being on the road, does he still feel that way?
"Absolutely. Oh, my God, yes. It's a dream come true, it gets in your blood, and working with such wonderful people each and every day, it's a special thing."
Gibson is glad to be back in Prescott, too, as he says, "Very excited to be back. This is a brand-new show. It's called Boom A Ring. The thing about Boom A Ring is that there's so much excitement that the performers throw out the excitement to the crowd, and the crowd throws it back to them and there's a constant cycle of excitement and energy throughout the whole show. You need to make sure you get your cotton candies and snow cones before the show begins, or you're going to miss something. It's just high paced."
Gibson described some of the performers, "We have our eccentric extrordinaire, Justin Case, that's actually his name, he does all kinds of antics on bicycles of all shapes and sizes. Vicenta Pages, she's a tiger trainer, she's 22 years old. She's one of the youngest female tiger trainers in the world. She doesn't just do the tigers, right after the tiger act, she does an aerial act. So, it's great to see how multi-talented our performers are. Javier right here, he's getting his high wire act set up, he does a high wire and he also does a wheel of steel. Many of our performers this year are from Russia, we also have from Finland this year, and from Venezuela and Bulgaria. It's a whole melting pot of people, and it's really neat... We have a little over 100 people in our cast and crew travelling around. We're going to go to 58 different cities this year."
Last year, the show had one elephant. This year, they're traveling with a few more animals, according to Gibson, "Three Asian elephants, six white bengal tigers and five Daschund dogs. Something a little different. We have our tradtional animal acts, and then we throw in a little flare with the dauchsund dogs. We didn't have tigers, but now this year, we it's very exciting to have tigers with the circus, which is the way it's supposed to be."
The show starts at 7:00 pm tonight, but if you wait until then to arrive, you'll have missed half the fun. Come at 6 pm, and enjoy the All-Access pre-show, where you can practice tight-rope walking, try on genuine, original Ringling Bros. costumes and interact with the clowns.
"It's all about fun," Gibson says with a grin and a special emphasis on the word, 'fun'.
"We very much enjoy coming into new towns each and every week, and putting smiles on people's faces. That's what it's all about."
Friday, July 11: 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 12: 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 13: 1:00 PM
All Access Pre-Show occurs 1 hour before showtime. It's free to anyone with a ticket.